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Maplewood’s Pete Newman Hopes Crime Does Pay With New ‘Fraud’ Card Game

Pete Newman, Maplewood resident and co-creator of “Fraud — The Game of White-Collar Crime”

Maplewood’s Pete Newman works to promote transparency and compliance in the bond market by day; by night, he’s decided to have a little fun inspired by his serious day job.

In collaboration with former Maplewood resident and illustrator Rick Parker, Newman has created Fraud – The Game of White-Collar Crime. Parker, known for illustrating MTV’s Beavis and Butthead Comic Book, drew cards with satirical portraits of corrupt CEOs committing fraud, while Newman created the rules of the card game, where players try to amass a fortune in their offshore account before collecting three indictments and ending up in the Big House.

Click on these thumbnails to see some of the clever cards here:

On March 26, Newman is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the first edition of the game. Contributors can receive a discounted copy of the game, a copy of Parker’s sketchbook, signed cards and other rewards depending on the level of their support. For more information on the game and the campaign, visit www.fraud-game.com. Donate to the Kickstarter here. 

“Every day the headlines feature one massive fraud after the other,” said Newman, who experienced fraud firsthand when his identity was stolen a decade ago. “Taking money from the little guy has become the national pastime, and I want to fight back, with satire. Did your opponent attack your phony company with an Investigation? Just play Shred Evidence to get them back. Things getting too hot for you with whistleblowers and audits? Just play Flee the Country, stash some cash offshore and sit out a couple turns. And don’t forget, you will have to do a perp walk around the table after your second indictment. There will be heckling. There will be presidential pardons.”

See the full press release here:

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